Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Many factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering depression, whether it's atypical or not. Risk factors may include:
- History of bipolar disorder
- Abuse of alcohol or recreational drugs
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Traumatic childhood experiences
- Certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or being overly dependent
- Serious illness, such as cancer or heart disease
- Certain medications, such as some high blood pressure medications or sleeping pills (talk to your doctor before stopping any medication)
- Environmental stressors
Your risk of depression may also increase if you have:
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- Blood relatives with a history of depression, bipolar disorder or alcoholism
- Stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one
- Depression after giving birth (postpartum depression)
- Family members who committed suicide
- Few friends or other personal relationships
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